Things going on around the Valley this weekend

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MARICOPA HOME & GARDEN SHOW MARICOPA HOME & GARDEN SHOW Maricopa's Home and Garden  Show starts Friday, March 1st and goes until Sunday, March 3.  You'll find out everything you need to know about home improvement projects, from the inside and out.  Get great gardening and landscaping ideas and tips or attend a free seminar on how to refinish your cabinets or countertops.  The Wheel of Fortune of Wheelmobile will be there. Come take a spin and try to qualify to become a Wheel of Fortune contestant.  The event is at the University of Phoenix Stadium. For all the event information visit


The Heard Museum is holding its Indian Fair and Market this Saturday and Sunday.  This year's theme is, "Weaving Worlds With Wool".  There will be more than 700 top American Indian artists. Visitors will be able to meet artists and purchase some of their works. There will be jewelers, sculptors, painters, weavers and bead workers, plus more. The Heard Museum is located off Central Ave. and Monte Vista. For complete details visit



The city of Glendale is holding its Paris in the Spring event. It'll be from 10am to 4pm in historic downtown Glendale.  Visitors can experience the fine food, culture and shopping with a Paris flair.  There will be an Open Air Market, and plein air exhibition.  For more details visit,



If you're looking to adopt a new pet, then head to the 8th annual Spring Fling Pet Adopt-a-Thon, taking place at the Franciscan Renewel Center. They're located near 56th St. and Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. The Center is helping the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition group, host the event. PACC is a non-profit organization that helps care for pets don't have homes. There will be over 60 animal rescue groups helping find new homes for pets.  The event starts at 10am and goes until 3pm.  For more information visit



An exhibit showcasing a lot of original artwork by John Lennon will be on display at Kierland Commons all weekend. It starts Friday, March 1 and will have signed Lithographs of Lennon, over 120 serigraphs and signed song lyrics.  The event is free and will be near the Starbucks at the Kierland Commons Shopping Center off Scottsdale Road and Kierland Bvld. in Scottsdale.



The Town of Tempe is holding its annual Great Arizona Beer Festival this Saturday. It'll be at the Tempe Beach Park and goes from 2pm to 6pm.  More than 200 different brews will be available, from about 50 different local and regional brewers. Some of the brewers in attendance include; Four Peaks, The Phoenix Ale Brewery, San Tan, and Oak Creek Brewery. For ticket prices and other information, visit



It’s the Southwest’s premier dog show.  Visitors can watch over 10,000 dogs perform agility, conformation, obedience and rally tricks.  The event takes place from Friday until Sunday.  It’ll be at Westworld of Scottsdale, off Pima Road and the Loop 101.  Admission is free and parking is $5. All the details can be found at



Downtown Carefree will host its Fine Art and Wine Festival Friday through Sunday.  There'll be more than 160 artists and over 5000 pieces of fine art.  Visitors will be able to look at and purchase things like pottery, jewelry, crafts, paintings and photography. The event starts at 10am and ends at 5pm, on all three days. All details can be found at



Chandler's Ostrich Festival is here. Events kick off on Saturday with an 8am Fun/Run. It starts on Arizona Avenue at Frye Road and heads north towards Ray Road. The parade then starts at 10am on Arizona Ave., heading south from Ray Road.  Ostrich races start next weekend, March 8th, 9th and 10th. Complete details for all the week’s festivities can be found at



Participants in the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Archery in the Schools program will be competing on Saturday.  It's the state Championship tournament. Over 300 young archers will be competing throughout the day. Competition starts at 9am and the award ceremony takes place at 3:15pm. Competition will be at the Ben Avery Shooting facility in north Phoenix, located off I-17 and Carefree Highway.